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The Philadelphia Confession, 1742


Chapter 30

Of Baptism

  1. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be unto the party baptised, a sign of his fellowship with Him in His death and resurrection; of his being engrafted into Him;1 of remission of sins;2 and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.3

  2. Those who do actually profess repentance towards God, faith in and obedience to our Lord Jesus, are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.4

  3. The outward element, to be used in this ordinance, is water, wherein the party is to be baptised, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.5

  4. Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary to the due administration of this ordinance.6


1. Ro 6:3-5; Col 2:12; Gal 3:27.
2. Mk 1:4; Ac 22:16.
3. Ro 6:4.
4. Mk 16:16; Ac 8:36-37; 2:41; 8:12; 18:8.
5. Mt 28:19-20; Ac 8:38.
6. Mt 3:16, Jn 3:23.

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